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The Delhi Human Development Report 2013 prepared by Institute for Human Development for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi was released by the Hon'ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari in the presence of the Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit and a distinguished gathering of eminent experts scholars, civil-society representatives, policy-makers, representatives of the international organizations and development practitioners, apart from senior officials of Government of NCT of Delhi .

The Vice President while addressing the audience after releasing the DHDR 2013 congratulated the government of NCT of Delhi and Institute for Human Development for successfully documenting the progress in Delhi on the scale of Human Development. He said, 'the Delhi Human Development Report for 2013 will provide an extremely useful tool for policy-planning. Above all, it will provide an overall direction for the progress of Delhi in the human development arena so that all its citizens can benefit fully from the development process'.

In her speech, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit said,'Delhi has changed significantly during the last seven years, since the first Report was published in 2006. We felt that it was time for a review'. She further said 'Needless to say, while Delhi has made commendable strides on various human development fronts, we do acknowledge that progress on many other fronts needs to be enhanced and made more inclusive we will continue to focus on improving the lives of our people, especially the poor, children, women and other vulnerable groups.'

Professor Alakh N. Sharma, Director, Institute for Human Development and the team leader and editor of the report said, 'The report is very comprehensive and is different from most of the other reports prepared in the country. Apart from the latest secondary data, it is based on a perception survey of 8000 households conducted by IHD. We have gone beyond traditional human development indicators and have looked at Public safety and people's perceptions amongst other things.'

The institute for Human Development has been involved in the first DHDR. Several other human development reports for the states of Mizoram, Manipur and Bihar were prepared by IHD. Currently, a project on the preparation of Assam HDR is underway- 'a reflection of the Institute's constant endeavour to focus on human development issues.


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